Executive Vice President, Business Services
Kevin Stephens serves as Executive Vice President, Business Services, for Altice USA. In this role, he is responsible for all Altice USA commercial services, which includes Lightpath, Suddenlink and Optimum Business, a $1.3 billion revenue business.
Previously, Mr. Stephens was President, Commercial and Advertising Operations at Suddenlink Communications. He was appointed in May 2006 as part of the company’s acquisition of Cox Communications’ properties. In this role, Mr. Stephens was responsible for leading and growing Suddenlink revenue and profit in the business segment, which provided targeted advertising sales and mission critical data, voice and video services to business customers.
Prior to Suddenlink, Mr. Stephens was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cox Communications, where he had responsibility for revenue and profit growth for one of the largest systems in the company.
Before entering the cable industry, Mr. Stephens served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Customer Services for Choice One Communications, a start-up telecommunications provider in the northeast. Mr. Stephens began his career at Xerox Corporation, where he performed in a variety of progressively responsible leadership roles in sales, marketing and general management and eventually became a Vice President.
Mr. Stephens is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, and sits on boards of directors for the Video Advertising Bureau, the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County, Texas, and the Institute for Communication Technology Management at the University of Southern California. CableFAX: The Magazine has named Mr. Stephens to its list of Most Influential Minorities in Cable every year since 2007.
Mr. Stephens holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Michigan.
Senior Vice President, Operations and CTO
Christopher Rabii is the Senior Vice President of Operations and CTO responsible for all activities related to network design and customer operations. In this role, he leads construction, engineering, field operations, provisioning and service delivery, inclusive of network maintenance and monitoring. He also drives the company's award-winning customer-service strategy and guides the overall strategic vision for the evolution of the network architecture.
Prior to joining Lightpath, Mr. Rabii held various management positions over the course of nearly ten years at AboveNet Communications, based in White Plains, NY. Most recently, as Vice President of Engineering at AboveNet, Mr. Rabii had overall engineering responsibility for all metro, long-haul and IP networks.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Rabii was a research and development Project Manager in the area of fiber-optic laser delivery methods at Premier Laser Systems, a medical device manufacturer based in Irvine, CA.
Mr. Rabii earned a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering, an M.S. in Ceramic and Materials Engineering and a Ph.D. in Ceramic and Materials Engineering, with a focus in Fiber Optics from Rutgers University.
Senior Vice President and Chief Administration Officer
David Kniffin is Senior Vice President and Chief Administration Officer for Lightpath. In this role, he leads Lightpath's finance and administrative functions to support the company's growth as a provider of Ethernet-based telecommunications and managed services for New York area businesses.
With more than 20 years of experience in financial and operational roles, Mr. Kniffin most recently served as Senior Vice President of Financial Planning for Cablevision, supporting financial reporting, budget and forecasting processes for Lightpath and other Cablevision business units. Prior to his time with Cablevision, he held senior finance and general management positions at Newsday.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Kniffin worked for Tribune Ventures, where he was responsible for investing in early stage media and technology companies. He began his career with Marakon Associates as a management consultant to businesses in the telecommunications, consumer products and pharmaceutical industries.
Mr. Kniffin holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Yale University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Senior Vice President of Sales
Joseph Flynn is Senior Vice President of Sales for Lightpath. In this role, he oversees the Lightpath sales operation with responsibility for day to day leadership and management of all company sales functions. This work includes guiding the salesforce's efforts to establish deep customer connections, which are the foundation of the organization and support enhanced understanding of unique business needs.
Mr. Flynn joined Lightpath in 2001, and has held a range of leadership positions that have seen him play an integral role in driving the company's success in Ethernet services delivery, as well as significant growth across the government, education and healthcare verticals. Prior to joining Lightpath, Mr. Flynn supported sales operations for Computer Associates.
Mr. Flynn earned a B.A. in Management and Marketing from Adelphi University